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at a virtual tie, they're working to strike the right balance between the fight of their political lives and the hardship that many americans are facing in the wake of the storm. tara mergener reports from the white house. >> reporter: president obama visited red cross headquarters in washington tuesday afternoon and spoke about the response to the storm. >> my message to itself federal government -- to the federal government, no bureaucracy, no red tape, get resources where they're needed as fast as possible, as hard as possible and for the duration. >> reporter: working to put the recovery effort ahead of the impending election, the president canceled his campaign trip to ohio. he'll see storm damage and thank first responders in new jersey today. republican challenger mitt romney was in ohio tuesday collecting money and relief supplies for storm victims. >> i appreciate your generosity. it's part of the american spirit. the american way to give to people who are in need. and your generosity this morning touches my heart. >> reporter: from the white house, president obama has been call
's possible candidates, who are forced to do last-minute scrambling. >> reporter: president obama scrapped his campaign events and returned to washington in the pouring rain to monitor hurricane sandy. >> the election will take care of itself next week. right now, our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search and rescue teams are going to be in place. >> reporter: the earliest the president could make it back to the campaign trail is wednesday. former president clinton is pinch-hitting in some key cities like orlando. >> i was supposed to be the warm-up man for president obama today. but that storm on the east coast had other ideas. >> reporter: polls show the presidential race too close to call, and the last full week of campaigning was supposed to be an all-out sprint for both candidates. instead, they're watching the weather. republican challenger mitt romney canceled his tuesday events and shortened monday events to two stops. >> sandy is a devastating hurricane by all accounts and a lot of people will be facing some real tough times as a result of sandy
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